Kampong Avocado Guatemalan
This is a late fruit that has been around for a while, since the 1900 Originated in what is now Kampong Botanical Garden in Coconot Grove, Miami, Florida.
I finally got around to get some bud wood from Fairchild Williams Grove. Like all late fruit it needs fungicide sprays for the fruit to be clean, so does Lula and Monroes. If I don't spray my Monroes I can't sell them. Seems to have a huge seed. Probably the reason why is not a commercial variety. The picture to the left is the only picture I was able to find, It is from Hawaii. Dr. Richard Campbell wrote an article about it in 2002, click here to read it.
There is a tree with similar name at the USDA Chapman field in Miami, probably the same.
A tree was top worked in January 30, 2014.
March 10, 2014: I went to Lara Nursery at SW 200 ST in the Redlands. He has 3 trees and Julian mentioned he finds the flavor of this fruit very nice, nutty, remind it him of almonds. Most of the fruit in the trees had dropped, so this fruit will have to be picked by March 1. He gave me a fruit, picture in the album with today's date. Full of scab, really bad. I'm not sure how this will mature but I will give it a tray. This tree probably needs to be sprayed 4-5 in the season to get clean fruit. Encouraging is the fact that Lara does not spray, so I hope with a couple of sprays it will suppress the fungus. Lara Nursery has grafted trees for sale. .http://www.larafarms.com/
March 16, 2014: The fruit given to me by Lara, ripped on Friday the 15, I had it today. What a pleasant surprise. A lot better than expected taking into consideration the exterior of the fruit. The fruit weight in at 21.3 oz, the seed at 4.9 and the skin at 3.5 oz. About 12.5 oz of pure creamy avocado. The seed although large, was less than the picture above, and was king of flat. I would not grow it because of seed size. The texture was creamy, remind it me of a Catalina, or Oro Negro. Very good flavor. Hints of canistel. No dark fibers of streaks inside, no fibers, all softness and buttery, The fruit peels very well, the skin is thick, probably a good quality to prevent the scab from damaging the inside. The thick skin was not an impediment to feel the readiness of the fruit or to cause peeling problems, it peeled very easily.
I would prefer this fruit over Supermarket chain, 7-8 oz Hass, yes flavor wise. None of the exterior damage got inside the fruit. This is probably not a commercial variety. It did ripen 5 days after it was picked, not a good quality for a commercial fruit, probably good for a Home environment where you could have fruit in January, February and first week of March. It really does not matter if you spray it or not, the scab has no effect on fruit quality. Dr. Richard Campbell was correct in his assessment that this is a good alternative for late fruit for the home. Could be a lot nicer with a few copper sprays. I will do that to my tree once it flowers next year since it is in the Monroe area that gets sprayed 3-4 times.
May 25, 2015: My top worked tree is doing really well, Did not flower this year but that is even better. May be next year we get fruit.
October 23, 2018: This tree recovered well form Irma. The lower part is full of fruit. Grape like. The upper part grew after Irma and did not set any fruit. the fruit is large and very clean, nothing like Lara gave me in 2014. . I think that this adult tree can set more fruit than the Monroe. My fruit is large probably because the amount of fertilized I used after the hurricane to help the trees recover. I do not understand why this is not more readily cultivated, specially if it can stay on the tree to the end of February. I will monitor closely.
October 29, 2018: I picked two large fruit today. I saw a couple on the ground, I decided to get two large ones to see if the ripen. They are large fruit 20-30oz range, very clean
November 6, 2018: The fruit picked ripened well. See today's pictures, beautiful fruit, very tasty. Great complement by itself to any meal. I really like the taste of Kampong, so does my wife. We ate like 3/4 of the fruit and saved the rest in the refrigerator for next day. No oxidation at all. The only negative is that some parts of the skin did not come off easily, so I scooped it out this a spoon. I'm watching this tree closely, yesterday I saw a couple of large fruit on the ground, they are dropping. Does not surprise me, to get this fruit to stay on the tree the nitrogen levels need to be low and I did apply a lot to help the trees recover from Irma.
November 21, 2019: Seems like there is not a lot of fruit on the tree. Definitely an alternate bearer but as result growing a few larger fruit. Picked one today in the 32.7 oz range. A two pounder and very clean. See pic.